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ISTAR awarded a BTCDP HRSA Grant to Fund Curriculum Development Project for the Four Health Professional Schools at Penn.

We are pleased to announce that ISTAR has been awarded by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) a 3-year cooperative agreement into developing curriculum content for implementation in the 4 health professional schools at Penn; Medicine, Nursing, Veterinary Medicine, and Dental Medicine. Since 2002, HRSA has been vigorously running its Bioterrorism Training and Curriculum Development Program (BTCDP) with the vision to develop and disseminate clinical training and health professional school curriculum that will better prepare the health professional force in the event of a bioterrorism attack and/or natural emergencies. ISTAR will work in collaboration with the 4 health professional schools to jointly develop a suited curriculum that will be effective in enhancing our students' abilities to recognize signs of any hazardous attack, administer first-aid at the scene, and work in a coordinated, multidisciplinary, multiorganizational fashion to mount an effective public health response. For more information, please go to the HRSA Newsroom.


Philadelphia Mayor Street Appoints Dr. Harvey Rubin as Co-chairman of New Task Force to Assess City Preparedness

In a press conference held Sept. 29th 2005, Philadelphia Mayor John Street announced the creation of a new task force to analyze the city of Philadelphia's emergency preparedness. This followed the experience of Hurricane Katrina's devastating effect on various gulf cities such as New Orleans, and how it highlighted the needs of various vulnerable groups in the event of such tragedies. The new task force is co-chaired by Managing Director Pedro Ramos, and ISTAR Director Dr. Harvey Rubin. Together, they will oversee a 10-person team to assess overarching issues on city preparedness, and generate recommendations on how to enhance the city's ability to manage disasters and emergencies more effectively. For the press report, please go to the Philadelphia Inquirer.










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